Certificate in Couples Counselling- 6 Days (Jan 2024)

Certificate in Couples Counselling course

The Certificate in Couples Counselling course is a collaboration between The Link Centre and Manchester Psychotherapy Foundation and will be delivered by Dr Mark Widdowson. It will take place over 6 days online.

What does the course content include? 

This online couples counselling course will provide practicing students and qualified counsellors with all the skills and underpinning knowledge they need to practice couples and relationship counselling.

It will cover the theories and techniques of a range of approaches to couples and relationship therapy and will be solidly based on research findings and evidence-based practice.

Participants will cover assessment, interventions and techniques, theories and models of relationships and relationship dynamics, communication and conflict resolution, sex and sexuality in relationships. As well as theories and techniques for dealing with the main problems couples present in therapy.

Participant Numbers: There will be a maximum of 40 participants on this course

Pre-Course Requirements: Participants should be qualified counsellors or in training and seeing clients in placement.  (Students in training should talk through their planned attendance with their supervisor / course tutor)

Coursework and assessment: Participants will complete a reflective workbook throughout the duration of the course, which will evidence how they have met the relevant competencies required for certification as a couples therapist.

It’s recommended participants set aside 1-2 hours per week for reading and reflective writing based on their learning and experiences during the workshops.

Course Tutor: Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, TSTA(P), FHEA,

Mark is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, holder of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, and specialist trauma therapist. In addition to his academic work, he maintains a private practice for individuals and couples in central Manchester.

With 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, Mark has worked extensively with a full spectrum of trauma survivors. This has included survivors of physical and/or sexual violence, war refugees and torture survivors. He has trained in numerous trauma therapies over the years.

Mark is also the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and Transactional Analysis for Depression: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual, both published by Routledge.

He is an active psychotherapy researcher and was awarded the European Association for Transactional Analysis Silver medal in 2014.

Mark also won the International Transactional Analysis Association research award in 2017, for his contributions to the evidence base for transactional analysis.

Dr Mark Widdowson (UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – Pronouns: He/ him)

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£760 (Jan 2024)

Booking and Dates

January-June 2024 6 Days - Waitlist


Upcoming Dates:


January-June 2024 6 Days (9.30am to 4.30pm) 

  • 18th January 2024
  • 15th February 2024
  • 14th March 2024
  • 18th April 2024
  • 16th May 2024
  • 13th June 2024

Payment Options:

A non-refundable deposit of £30 is to be made on booking with the balance of £730 payable by 15th November. 

Cancellation Policy:

50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days notice.  Deposits are non-refundable.


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Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, TSTA(P), FHEA

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